Grand Lagoon National on Panama City Beach

by June 12, 2008 • 1 comment

The newest sport fishing event on Panama City Beach, the Grand Lagoon National will debut this summer August 20 – 24.

From the website:

The Grand Lagoon National is really eight tournaments in one. Organizers are convinced that the unique format will appeal to virtually every kind of saltwater fishing enthusiast. A Big Game division, crafted to attract million dollar yachts and experienced competitors, will hunt for the elusive giant Blue Marlin, the Swordfish and the large Tuna that populate the Gulf’s summer waters. A Catch and Release category will also be provided for Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Swordfish and Sailfish. An Offshore Division will fish for Wahoo, Dolphin, Red Snapper, Grouper and Amberjack. An Inshore Division, limited to boats of twenty-nine feet in length or less, will fish for Red Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack and King Mackerel. To appeal to devotees of the Bay, a Flats Division will feature a Spanish Mackerel, Trout and Redfish competition. For visitors to the beach, families and those who love to bottom fish, a Party Boat Division will fish for Red Snapper, Grouper and Amberjack and will host a special Junior Anglers’ contest. What is being billed as “America’s Saltwater Fishing Tournament” will even include a special Dive Division for those who like to fish below the waters of the Gulf.

Bill Spann, who founded and for twenty-three years served as Chairman of one of the nation’s most recognized fishing tournaments, the Bay Point Annual Billfish Invitational, will serve as Tournament Chairman of the new event and is convinced that it will quickly establish itself as a tournament no serious saltwater enthusiast will want to miss. “The breadth of facilities, quality of fishing and the inclusiveness of this format justify the name “Grand Lagoon National”.

Division: Big Game

Eligible Fish: By Weight – Blue Marlin, Swordfish, Tuna. By Points – All Billfishes.
Boat Registration Fee Prior to July 1st (includes sales tax): $5,300.00 (if paid by check)/$5565.00 (if charged by credit card at website).
Boat Registration Fee July 1st and Thereafter (includes sales tax): $6,095.00 (if paid by check)/$6,399.75 (if charged by credit card at website)
Angler Fee and Crew Fee (includes sales tax): Additional Angler – $159.00 (if paid by check)/$166.95 (if charged by credit card at website). Additional Crew – $79.50 (if paid by check)/$83.48 (if charged by credit card at website).
Fishing Days: Friday and Saturday, August 22nd and 23rd.
Other: Optional Cash Awards will be presented for all Eligible Fish, plus Dolphin and Wahoo.
Rules: Big Game Rules

Division: Charter Boat
(Must be an approved Charter Boat with applicable licenses)

Eligible Fish: Wahoo, Dolphin, King Mackerel, Red Snapper, Grouper.
Boat Registration Fee Prior to July 1st (includes sales tax): $,1365.00 (Includes crew fees).
Boat Registration Fee July 1st and Thereafter (includes sales tax): $1,470.00 (Includes crew fees)
Angler Fee and Crew Fee (includes sales tax): Minimum Fee – four anglers per day $212 per Angler. Anglers who fish multiple days $150 second day and each thereafter.
Fishing Days: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. August 21 – 24.
Other: Optional Daily Jackpot and Four Day overall tournament Cash Awards. One time charge of $53 per Jr. Angler.
Rules: Charter Boat Rules

Division: Offshore

Eligible Fish: Wahoo, Dolphin, King Mackerel, Red Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack.
Boat Registration Fee Prior to July 1st (includes sales tax): $1,060 (if paid by check)/$,1113.00 (if charged by credit card at website)
Boat Registration Fee July 1st and Thereafter (includes sales tax): $1,219 (if paid by check)/$1,279.95 (if charged by credit card at website)
Angler Fee and Crew Fee (includes sales tax): Additional Angler $159 (if paid by check)/$166.95 (if charged by credit card at website). . Additional Jr. Angler $53 (if paid by check)/$55.65 (if charged by credit card at website)
Fishing Days: Saturday and Sunday, August 23 – 24.
Other: No charge for first Jr. Angler.
Rules: Offshore Rules

Division: Inshore

Eligible Fish: Red Snapper, Grouper, King Mackerel, Amberjack.
Boat Registration Fee Prior to July 1st (includes sales tax): $795 (if paid by check)/$834.75 (if charged by credit card at website)
Boat Registration Fee July 1st and Thereafter (includes sales tax): $848 (if paid by check)/$890.40 (if charged by credit card at website)
Angler Fee and Crew Fee (includes sales tax): Additional Angler $53.00 (if paid by check)/$55.65 (if charged by credit card at website) Additional Jr. Angler $42.40 (if paid by check)/$44.52 (if charged by credit card at website)
Fishing Days: Saturday and Sunday, August 23 – 24.
Other: Restricted to Boats of 29 ft. in length or less.
Rules: Inshore Rules

Division: Flats

Eligible Fish: Spanish Mackerel, Trout, Sheepshead, Flounder
Boat Registration Fee Prior to July 1st (includes sales tax): $530.00 (if paid by check)/$556.50 (if charged by credit card at website)
Boat Registration Fee July 1st and Thereafter (includes sales tax): $636.00 (if paid by check)/$667.80 (if charged by credit card at website)
Angler Fee and Crew Fee (includes sales tax): Additional Anglers $53 (if paid by check)/$55.65 (if charged by credit card at website). Additional Junior Anglers $31.80 (if paid by check)/$33.39 (if charged by credit card at website).
Fishing Days: Saturday and Sunday, August 23 – 24.
Rules: Flats Rules

Division: Diving

Eligible Fish: Gag Grouper, Red Grouper, Amberjack, Barracuda
Registration Fee (includes sales tax): $132.50 per diver (if paid by check)/$145.00 (if charged by credit card at website)
Rules: Diving Rules

Division: Party Boat

Eligible Fish: Gag Grouper, Red Grouper, Vermilion Snapper, Amberjack
Boat Registration Fee (includes sales tax): $106.00 (if paid by check)/$111.30 (if charged by credit card at website)
Angler Fee and Crew Fee (includes sales tax): Additional Jr. Angler $31.80 (if paid by check)/$33.39 (if charged by credit card at website)
Fishing Days: Saturday and Sunday, August 23 – 24.
Other: Registration does not include Party Boat fare.
Rules: Party Boat Rules

Division: Kayak

Eligible Fish: Spanish Mackerel, Trout, Redfish, Flounder
Boat Registration Fee (includes sales tax): $106.00 (if paid by check)/$111.40 (if charged by credit card at website)
Fishing Days: Saturday and Sunday, August 23 – 24.
Rules: Kayak Division Rules

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1 Jim June 17, 2008 at 10:06 am

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